Time Capsule compile ’70s & ’80s Japanese reggae on Tokyo Riddim





Dive into the world of ’70s and ’80s J-reggae.

London-based reissue label Time Capsule Records will release a Japanese reggae compilation this September.

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According to Time Capsule’s description, Tokyo Riddim 1976-1985 “captures the moment J-reggae entered the broader public consciousness, merging commercial city pop style with an infectious backbeat”.

Hear Miki Hirayama’s “電子レンジ (Denshi Lenzi)” below.

Tokyo Riddim 1976-1985 is a part of Time Capsule’s ongoing Nippon Series which explores Japanese genres and scenes between the 1960s and 2010s. Their last release was 2022’s excellent Anime & Manga Synth Pop Soundtracks 1984​-​1990

The compilation drops on September 22 on black vinyl with artwork designed by Fukuoka-based artist Noncheleee. You can pre-order it with or without an Obi strip now.


1. Miki Hirayama – 月影の渚 (Tsukikage No Nagisa)
2. Miki Hirayama – 電子レンジ (Denshi Lenzi)
3. Chu Kosaka – Music
4. Izumi “Mimi” Kobayashi – Lazy Love
5. Junko Yagami – ジョハナスバーグ (Johannesburg)
6. Miharu Koshi – コーヒーブレイク (Coffee Break)
7. Marlene – Hittin’ Me Where It Hurts
8. Lily – 天気になあれ (Tenkini Naare)